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Though they have occasionally taken a younger sibling, The Academy School is essentially a school which begins at 6, once children have learnt to read. ‘We start with specialist subject teaching from the word go,’ says Chloe. Pupils join at every stage thereafter, including mid year, if a place is available and the school feels it can...

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Mr Garth Evans (50s) and Ms Chloe Sandars (40s) are joint principals of this small Hampstead school, which they founded in 1997. Chloe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, followed by postgraduate work at Trinity College of Music, then played in a trio while teaching music part-time. Garth, whose great-grandfather accompanied Captain Scott to the Antarctic, was educated at Falkner House, Westminster School and Queen Mary College, London, where he read English. He started tutoring privately at the age of 16 (‘to fund my beer money’) and went on to work at Trevor-Roberts, where he met Chloe. As private tutors, Garth and Chloe developed quite a following and parents encouraged them to start their own school. ‘They liked the way we taught,’ says Garth. ‘Their children were inspired and given confidence.’ The pair...

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